A 27-year career with Hy-Vee has culminated into a Chief Executive Officer position. The role belongs to long-time employee Jeremy Gosch, who has been named as the new CEO and President of Retail Operations by current Chairman and CEO Randy Edeker. He will take on this new role as of October 1, 2022.
Gosch began his Hy-Vee career as a part-time clerk in 1995 and spent the next 12 years moving into retail operations management roles, including that of Store Director at multiple locations. In 2012, he joined Hy-Vee’s executive staff when he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Operations, Northeast region.
Gosch will also be a Vice Chairman of Hy-Vee’s Board of Directors. In his role of CEO and President of Retail Operations, Gosch will lead alongside Aaron Wiese, who was recently promoted to CEO and President of Subsidiaries and Supply Chain.
“As I look ahead to the future, we’ve reached a point where one person can no longer hold the title of Chairman, CEO, and President for the entire company,” Edeker commented on the move in a press release. “We have become more than just a grocer. With our focus on health and wellness, pharmacy, restaurants, grocery, distribution, and digital assets, it’s time we evolved our leadership structure to best position the business for the future, which is why Jeremy will also serve as a CEO for the company.”
Growth has become a central theme for Hy-Vee. In 2022 alone, Hy-Vee has launched several new divisions and gone national with its online retail platforms. The company is also positioning itself for its largest footprint and growth expansion.
As CEO, Gosch will also lead the company’s supplier relationships and brick-and-mortar expansion efforts across Hy-Vee’s current eight-state region as well as its future locations in the Southeast.
“With Jeremy’s retail and in-store experience, he has incredible knowledge of our retail business and has a strong sense of urgency to meet the challenging times we live in today,” said Edeker. “He has a great understanding of how we need to continue to evolve our company to grow, which will keep us on a path toward continued success as one of the best grocers in the U.S.”
With this announcement, Gosch and Wiese will continue to report to Edeker.
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Cheers to Jeremy Gosch on a well-earned promotion!